Kenta has been fascinated with presentation, expression, and media since High School. This year he will be behind the camera at TEDxKyoto 2015, and from April 2016, when he graduates from Ritsumeikan University with a degree in International Relations, he will begin working full time with our TEDx partner, Cima. See more about Cima here at their homepage: (http://www.cima-net.co.jp/)
Kenta also created this wonderful display in the ‘Viewing Lounge’, viewing space of our 2015 event, utilizing the dazzling wall of back-lit projections from Cima to showcase our sponsors. It is both beautiful and powerful.
TEDx is about bringing people together. When talking with Kenta, I saw — again — the type of person that is attracted to volunteer with TEDxKyoto. These people are not simply interested in one thing, although they are almost always very good at doing the things they do. They have a variety of exciting interests. They are communicators, connectors, people who are interested in big themes and important ideas. Kenta is not just looking for a job where he can make some money, he wants to do something meaningful that he believes in, something interesting and exciting. Cima is a company that will give him this opportunity, specializing in a combination of technology, networking, and people. Organizing and orchestrating events like this one.
He took some time during the busy rehearsal schedule to answer a few questions:
When did you first get involved with TEDxKyoto?
When I was in high school I read a book about Steve Jobs and presentations, and then the first time I saw something about TED online I was fascinated by it. At that time Jay (TEDxKyoto Executive Producer) was working at Ritsumeikan University, so I asked him about it. I said “How can I join TEDxKyoto (as a participant)?” and he said “Just come (to the volunteer meeting).” So I went. I was involved since the 2012 Speaker Audition.
Have you ever lived abroad? You communicate very well.
My high school trip was to Malaysia, and I liked it, I wanted to go back, so I went back for 10 months last year. I really liked the mixture of cultures, the different types of people and their backgrounds.
Did you study, work? What did you do there?
I studied linguistics and development, and I was especially interested because Malaysia is so diverse ethnically. I got Dengue Fever right when I got back, I think it’s the souvenir that not so many people can get.
Did you join the show team from the beginning?
No, I have had a lot of different experiences and roles in TEDxKyoto. First I was on the ‘Omotenashii’ team, which is hospitality and service with the speakers and guests. When I was in Malaysia I ‘joined’ the event by livestream, and since then I have been with the show team. I was a leader for the show team for the TEDxYouth@Kyoto event in 2013, and now this is my first time operating the camera for the main event.
How did you land a job with Cima straight out of University?
Well, here everyone starts job hunting one year in advance, so in March when I started looking and applying, I was thinking about TV and movie companies, media, production, and things like that. I applied to Cima right away because I had some experience with them at TEDxKyoto. They already knew me from here and I knew about their company, so it was a natural connection.
Thanks, Kenta, good luck with TEDx, and good luck in your future job. It seems like just the right thing for you.